Against your best wishes, there are many phases your skin goes through at different stages in life.
In your tweens, it’s that blemish-free, baby-smooth texture you shouldn’t have taken for granted.
You definitely have a story to tell about the pimples, acne and scarring from your teens — and a little later, wrinkles are set and ready to line your mouth, forehead, hands and more, with stretched out reminders that your 40s, 50s and 60s are finally looming.
Not that it needs an introduction, but wrinkles refer to those noticeable lines, folds and creases that appear on your skin. They are an expected result of aging. There are fine wrinkles — think laugh lines — these types of wrinkles are usually within the 1mm range, while coarse wrinkles are greater than 1 mm, and can be seen in deep frown lines.
Despite being popularly associated with aging, the appearance of wrinkles is also heavily dependent on other factors.
Here’s what you need to know about the causes of wrinkles, and the appropriate skincare routines to help reduce, and improve their appearance.
Wrinkles signal the progression of your skin as you age. However, environmental, genetic and lifestyle choices could also play a role in the appearance of wrinkles. Here’s how:
Now that we’ve checked out the general causes of wrinkles, let’s take a peek at specific body parts, and the ways we, and our environment may be contributing to their appearance. We’ll be asking a number of questions, these are:
Like most wrinkles, age, photoaging from sun exposure, smoking, race, etc, can contribute to the formation of forehead wrinkles. Likewise, when you elevate your eyebrows to express shock at the price of gas, or in confusion at how quick the time is passing, you do so through your frontalis muscle. That action pulls the skin of the forehead up. When this act is routinely done, it can encourage the formation of forehead wrinkles.
A major culprit when it comes to the appearance of crow’s feet, is the act of smoking. One study observed that the association of smoking with crow’s feet was even stronger than any influences from outdoor exposure.
In addition, early research has shown that poor sleeping posture could contribute to the appearance of wrinkles under the eye. These, coupled with outdoor exposure, sun damage and other common causes of wrinkling, can lead to the appearance of crow’s feet.
Mouth wrinkles are some of the most immediately noticeable wrinkles on the face. You may notice them in the form of marionette lines, laugh or lipstick lines, Like crow’s feet, smoking plays a major role in the formation of wrinkles around the mouth. The progression of the skin, and the loss of collagen as we age are also key contributors to the formation of mouth wrinkles.
The neck is a delicate part of the body, and has noticeable thinner skin that the rest of it. As you age, your outer skin decreases in thickness. With the neck already light in layers, further loss of elastin fibers and collagen will lead to noticeable wrinkles, folds and sagging.
As we know, wrinkles are a normal, natural part of the aging process. However, their appearance, and the aging of the skin can be slowed by observing healthy skin care practices, and by making appropriate lifestyle decisions.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, here are ways to reduce the sign of aging, courtesy advice given by dermatologists:
Other measures that may help in reducing the appearance of wrinkles include: applying retinoids, which improve collagen production; Botox®, which is useful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and chemical peels, which are useful in reducing signs of aging in the skin.
Wrinkles may be caused by age, genes, the environment or lifestyle factors. They are a normal part of aging, and are largely inevitable as we progress. However, should you want to put them off until the very last moment, you can’t go wrong with observing good skincare practices, and making healthy lifestyle decisions for your skin.